Paddy Pimblett is ‘entertaining as f***’ but Liverpool fan favourite ‘lacks the skillset to become a UFC champion right now’, claims Jorge Masvidal
- Paddy Pimblett has won both of his fights in the UFC so far since signing
- He has become incredibly popular among fans in a short space of time
- Jorge Masvidal is among them but says Pimblett’s skillset is not elite yet
Paddy Pimblett still has plenty of work to do before he is at the level required to become a UFC champion, claims Jorge Masvidal.
‘Gamebred’ has been following the lightweight’s rise and been caught up in the excitement along with a growing army of fans of ‘The Baddy’.
But the American believes that against the cream of the crop at 155-pounds, Pimblett would come unstuck with his current skillset.
Paddy Pimblett has won his first two fights in the UFC and generated plenty of attention
Jorge Masvidal claims Pimblett does not currently have what it takes to become champion
He told the Impaulsive podcast: ‘I think he’s entertaining as f***. I think he’s wild. But from the skillset, right now, I don’t see him being a world champ.’
Pimblett has beaten both of his opponents in the UFC by first-round stoppage, one by TKO and the other by submission.
He has spoken about wanting an improved contract before he locks horns with the big names or ranked fighters in the division.
Pimblett may not have the quality in every department to battle with the elite fighters at present, says Masvidal but the 27-year-old has plenty of room for growth.
He added: ‘That could change, right, but his skillset right now, I don’t think it’s at the top, where it should be right now.’
Pimblett was given an incredible reception at the O2 Arena in London and the crowd were eating out of the palm of his hand following the win over Kazula Vargas.
With the UFC set to return to the UK later this year, no doubt ‘The Baddy’ will have his third outing for the organisation.
Masvidal, meanwhile, is riding a three-fight losing streak having recently been outpointed by his fierce rival Colby Covington at UFC 272.
His previous two defeats came against the champion, Kamaru Usman and his next encounter will be crucial in setting the direction for the rest of his career.
Masvidal has lost his last three and was furious after being beaten by Colby Covington
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